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How a Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help You Respond to Sex Crime Charges

An Andover doctor was recently charged with illegally filming a woman while engaging in sexual intercourse with her. The doctor, an employee of Lahey Hospital, was arraigned for two counts of illegal wiretapping. The woman accused him of secretly filming her while she both took a shower and engaged in sex with the doctor from 2011 to 2013. 

If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime in Massachusetts and you know you did not commit the charge in question, it is easy to fall into the trap of believing that things will simply resolve on their own. In reality, however, this rarely happens. If you are charged with a sex crime, you should not hesitate to obtain the assistance of an experienced sex crimes attorney. The following are some common ways that an attorney can help you in this situation.

Careful Review of Your Case

An experienced criminal defense lawyer will review the facts of your case to assess how to best respond. The best sex crimes attorneys will review the prosecution’s case to determine what strategy would lead to the best possible results. This might mean dismissing your case, exoneration, or obtaining reduced charges. 

Reduce Your Charges

The best criminal defense lawyers can have charges entirely dropped, exclude evidence from court so victims end up facing a less serious crime, or even get charges reduced. Remember, even if you did commit a sex crime, it is still possible with the assistance of a seasoned defense attorney to successfully argued that your charges should be reduced. 

Building a Defense to Sex Crime Charges

Knowledgeable sex crime lawyers can review the details surrounding your case to decide what would be the best defense possible. Some of the most common defenses raised in sex crime cases include: 

  • Arguing that the victim consented to the act and that as a result, the act in question was not a violation of the victim’s rights, or the act was not criminal. It is often particularly challenging to show that consent existed, though. 

  • There have been countless cases in which a person who at first seems like a victim is later discovered to have a motivation like revenge that led to bringing a criminal charge against the other person. If an external motivation can be demonstrated, it might be possible to have your charges dropped. 

  • Sometimes, a person charged with a sex crime will plead innocent. This means that the individual did not engage in any type of activity that warranted the charges. Arguing innocence is often difficult unless a person can establish why the alleged victim initiated the charges.

Speak With an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

Sexual offense convictions carry more than potential imprisonment and potential fines, they can also lead to lasting social stigmas that can interfere with a person’s ability to live in certain places or pursue certain careers. If you are charged with such an offense, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Contact attorney Edward R Molari today to schedule a free case evaluation.